“The Coming Days”

Posted: October 18, 2011 in Bible Prophecy, Dispensations, Rapture, Resurrection, Salvation

  The future is very frightening to many people as they look out at our world today.  The foundations they thought were firm are proving to be like shifting sand.  Strange things are happening all around the world.  Their investments and securities are vanishing.  People’s hearts are failing them because of fear. To whom or what should we turn for answers?  Is there anyone who can accurately predict the future?

  Kings.  Pharaoh, king of Egypt, had a disturbing dream that his wise men couldn’t interpret (Genesis 41).  King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon also had a dream that frightened him (Daniel 2).  Their dreams were interpreted for them by Joseph and Daniel.  Just as they predicted things would happen, so they came to pass.  One of the signs of a true prophet was that his prophecies had to be fulfilled exactly as he said they would be.  If not, he was to be put to death (Deuteronomy18:20-22). 

  Prognosticators.  Fortune tellers, palm readers, soothsayers, and some men who claim to be “Christian prophets” try to predict the future.  If they are wrong it’s no big deal to them.  They don’t fear God and aren’t afraid to add new revelation to the Scriptures.  The cults do this. 

  Curse.  But God pronounces a curse on people who add to it or take away from the 66 books of the Bible (Revelation 22:18, 19).  How many books does your Bible have?  God is not giving out new revelations or information today.  We have all we need for life and godliness in the Scriptures (2 Peter 1:3).  God will hold false prophets and teachers accountable to Him (James 3:1; 2 Peter 2:1).  Jude, the Lord’s half brother, denounces them thoroughly in his epistle.

  Abnormal.  The prophecies concerning Christ’s first coming came to pass exactly as they were predicted by the Jewish prophets.  By looking back one can see that the proper way to interpret Bible prophecy is to use a normal (literal), historical, and grammatical interpretation of the Bible.  Sadly, some people today change the rules and interpret future Bible prophecy allegorically.  They change the normal meaning of the words that are used.  We’ve seen in recent days the distress that this allegorical method of interpretation has brought on many people who followed a false prophet and teacher.  

  Order Of Events.  To those of us who interpret the Bible normally, we believe the future order of events will happen in the following manner:

  The Day Of Man.  We are currently living in the “Day of Man” (1 Corinthians 4:3) when people are virtually free to do as they please without direct intervention from God as He did in the Old Testament when nations came in conflict with the Jews. We are also still living in “The times of the Gentiles” (Luke 21:24) which began when the Jews were captured by King Nebuchadnezzar (2 Chronicles 36:1-21) in 606 B.C.   Jerusalem has been trampled by the Gentiles and will continue to be until Christ comes back to reign at the “Second Coming,” not the “Rapture.”  If you’re interested, ask us about a chart that differentiates between the two events.

  Promised Land.  Then the Jews will get all the land that God promised to them from the river of Egypt to the Euphrates River (Genesis 15:18).  The desert will blossom as a rose (Isaiah 35:1). Woe to those who try to take it from them (Genesis 12:3).

  Rapture.  Although the specific word “rapture” is not found in the New Testament, it accurately expresses what will take place when Jesus Christ returns for the true Church.  All true Christians from the Day of Pentecost to the Rapture “shall be caught up…in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air” (John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17).

  Bema Seat Judgment.  Then the Lord Jesus Christ will evaluate each Christian’s works to see which ones are worthy of rewards and which aren’t (1 Corinthians 3:12-15).  This judgment is not to determine if a person gets into heaven or not.  There are other judgments mentioned in the Scriptures including the Great White Throne Judgment.  This one is designed to determine the degree of torment unbelievers will experience in the lake of fire forever (Revelation 20:11-15; Matthew 25:41, 46).  You don’t have to go to that awful place.  Christ died for the sins of all mankind, not just a select few (Isaiah 53:4-6; 1 John 2:2).  Having risen bodily from the grave, He can save you if you believe on Him (Romans 4:25).

  Jacob’s [Israel’s] Trouble.  After the true Church has been raptured, the world will fall into disarray and “Martial Law” will probably be declared all around the globe.  The vacuum will be filled by the “man of lawless” also called “The Antichrist” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12).  He will sign a seven year peace agreement with the Jews but it will only last for 3 ½ years (Daniel 9:27).  When the Jews refuse to worship the image of the beast (Antichrist), that will be placed in the rebuilt temple in Jerusalem, he will pursue them with fury (Matthew 24:15ff; Revelation12:13-17; 13:11-18).  Something similar to this happened to Daniel’s three friends (Daniel 3). 

  Second Coming.  When the seven years of tribulation are finally over, the Lord Jesus Christ will return bodily to establish His 1,000 year reign on earth as promised (Daniel 2:44, 45; Matthew 24:29ff; Jude 1:14; Revelation 19, 20).  The beast (Antichrist) and the false prophet will be cast into the lake of fire and the devil will be bound in the abyss for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:2, 3).

  Revolt.  After the 1,000 years are over, the devil will be released from the abyss (bottomless pit) and will go out to deceive the nations and enlist them to war against God to try to overthrow Him.  All the rebels will be defeated and sent to the lake of fire to suffer forever with the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:7-15).

  Eternity.  After destroying this present earth and the heavens (2 Peter 3:10-13), God will create new heavens and  a new earth where righteousness will finally feel at home (Isaiah 65:17; Revelation 21).  There will be no more death, sorrow, crying, or pain. 

  Invitation.  Today God invites all men everywhere to come to Him and receive the gift of eternal life (Revelation 22:17; 1 John 5:11-13).  It must be received by faith.  We must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8).  We cannot earn salvation (deliverance from hell to heaven) by our good works lest we should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

  Help.  If you have questions or comments, call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our web site: www.kelseypeach.com.  We have charts and other material that might help you get a better picture of “The Coming Days.”

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